In a stark contrast to the direction of other console makers (Sony and Nintendo), Microsoft stated that its current business practice of requiring developers to go through a publisher to place games on Xbox Live Arcade (where indie games are showcased) will certainly make them come under fire from independent developers and their fans because they are not allowing independent developers to self publish games for Xbox One. While fans of the usual blockbuster titles will not really care, people like myself who would like to occasionally sink my teeth into a game of relative obscurity and find myself enjoying the shit out of it with their refreshing take on a traditional game format such as Guacamelee would actually care… Well perhaps not as much since two out of three of the console manufacturers are knocking on independents’ doors already, Microsoft and its Xbox One can suck it when it comes to my dollars for independently published games.
While it makes sense with the direction Microsoft is going with the Xbox One to streamline everything that happens to your utopian living room and the fact that independent developer success stories stem from mobile app stores with games such as Angry Birds, Draw Something, and the like, I can’t help but think this is a lost opportunity for the Xbox One and Microsoft. We’ll just wait and see how courting independent developers will actually play out for the three (3) console manufacturers this generation as time progresses.
In the meantime, I wait with baited breath to see if any of the Xbox One’s fifteen (15) console exclusives will come out on launch and are relevant enough to warrant early adaptation.